THURSDAYS, APRIL 6—MAY 4 | This five-week course explores and exploits the limits of flash fiction. Although flash fiction has expanded in length to 750 and even 1,000 words, this course limits you to no more than 400 words and begins with the 100-word story. The shorter the form, the easier it is to understand how individual lines of the story relate to the narrative arc—that mysterious coalescence in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Flash is ideal for seasoned writers who want to mine new ore, for beginning writers who want to tell a whole story, and for writers working in mixed genres. In addition to flash fiction, we’ll explore the prose poem – the predecessor of flash fiction—and pay particular attention to the differences and similarities between the two forms. We’ll also pay attention to nonfictional flash.
Thaisa Frank is the author of four books of short fiction, one novel, and one nonfiction book about the writer’s voice. Her flash fiction has appeared in her collections Desire, A Brief History of Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet, and Enchantment. She has written extensively about short fiction in Finding Your Writers Voice (St. Martins Press) and online publications. Her flash fiction has been anthologized in Bloomsbury Short Fiction, Harper’s Choice, Microfictions, Word of Mouth, The Dictionary of Dirty Words, and Great Jones Street. Her work has been featured on Audible Books and she won Australia’s Twisted Titles for International Fiction in 2015.
Number of sessions: 5
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Dates: Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4
Course fee: $380